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  • In "Homer's Enemy", Frank Grimes is appalled that Homer is lazy yet successful and starts to hate him, yet what he doesn't realize is that you don't have to work hard to be a good and successful person, you just have to have a big heart and be surrounded by the people you love and good friends.
    • Here's another curiosity. Many tend to believe that Frank Grimes was the Only Sane Man and Homer got everything in life with ease, right? If we mean a point of view, Homer and Frank are Not So Different: Homer is often a jerk, but also had a tough childhood (his mother was absent most of his life, his father an alcoholic and verbally abusive) and Frank often acted as an intolerant and short-tempered jerk to Homer, but also had a tough childhood. It may sound strange, but both are very similar, the only difference is that they only have different lifestyles and different personalities. No wonder they didn't get along.
  • In the first 20 seasons, Jimbo Jones had a full head of hair, shown in some episodes such as Bart of Darkness, Poppa's Got A Brand New Badge and Lisa the Drama Queen. In several recent episodes such as Moms I'd Like To Forget, The Great Simpsina and Beware My Cheating Bart, he's bald on top when he takes his hat off. Either he's recently going bald or wearing a wool cap for 20 years pretty much caused it.
  • In the Thanksgiving episode from the second season Homer mixes up Patty and Selma's names. This isn't Early-Installment Weirdness; Homer's admitted in a few episodes he can't tell the two apart in addition to not caring for them.
  • In first episode of 23th season, Homer tells Wayne that he has visions of terrible future where robots took their jobs, and Homer says that robot understands him. In 17th episode of the same season Mr.Burns replaces his employees with robots, keeping only Homer. Homer tries to be friends with robots, and even thinks them as friends, meaning that Homers vision was at least partly right.
  • In Half-Decent Proposal Artie Ziff pays many Springfieldianites money to relive his high school prom. Among the attendees are Kirk and Luann Van Houten—together. At first it seems illogical considering their divorce, until one remembers they are being paid to relive the past, so they're getting paid to tolerate each other.
  • In "Krusty Gets Busted" from the first season, we learn that Krusty had an on the air heart attack. We later learn that Krusty is a chronic smoker, drinker and has a generally unhealthy lifestyle. No wonder he had a heart attack.
    • When Krusty had his on the air heart attack, he was cooking ham and bacon on a grill and we later learn his company endorses a large amount of pork related products. In addition to being an entertainer, Rabbi Krustofski probably resented Krusty even moreso for endorsing pork products, which are (as, of course, we know) treif (non-kosher) foods.
  • Mr. Burns used to forget Homer's name constantly in the early seasons, and he finally got it right in the "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" two-parter. Homer was a suspect in the shooting; since then, because of the circumstances and how crazy the situation was, Mr. Burns knows Homer's name no problem.
  • Nelson's talked about huckleberry picking in a couple of later episodes. When the boys were in Branson, Missouri in season seven Nelson wanted to see Andy Williams and was excited to hear Moon River. This song contains a line involving two friends picking huckleberries in their youth. Probably unintended on the writer's part and was supposed to be an Out of Character moment, but the whole thing is made funnier and explains why Nelson likes the song so much.
  • Many people say that Homer has become dumber and dumber over the years. A slow descent at first, but eventually reaching the point where the only rule was "Homer cannot forget his own name." The brilliance is that in season 4 Homer received a coronary bypass graft. 51% of patients who have a bypass graft suffer severe brain damage as the years pass. The cure we all saw him get... is the cure that made him so very, very dumb.
    • Later that season he ends up in a coma (on the very first Clip Show episode "So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show") and is even told he suffered some brain damage.
    • Not to mention the sheer amount of head damage Homer takes.
      • However, he still becomes smarter when a crayon is removed from his brain in HOMR.
      • Perhaps the crayon is responsible for his initially average intelligence, and the head trauma just escalated into smrt levels. Homer could've been a genius had he never stuck that crayon up his nose.
  • In another Simpsons episode, "Treehouse of Horror XIII", in the second part, one of the zombies is the "most evil German": Kaiser Wilhelm. The joke is, of course, they don't say Hitler. Why? Because Hitler was actually Austrian (even though German is the official language of Austria as well as Germany and some parts of Switzerland, which makes the line from "Cape Feare" "No one who speaks German could be an evil man," funnier when you think about it).
    • That and Hitler's shown to be alive (in the Simpson world) in the episode where Bart calls Australia and the beginning of the episode where Bart and his friends become a boy band (it was the part where Homer is watching a "Great Moments in Olympic History" documentary and when it cut to Bob Beaman's long-jump at the 1968 Olympics, it showed an elderly Hitler in the audience).
  • The episode "The Great Wife Hope" features yet another attempt by Marge to stop everyone's fun. Nelson inadvertently gives her great advice on how to get together other pissy moms, clergymen, etc. He claims this is because he secretly enjoys event planning, but the real more subtle joke is that what Marge wants to do is essentially bullying.
  • In the episode where Homer is escaping the plant and he's attacked by a Giant Spider, he's told that the spider will be defeated if he says a Bible verse. Of course, he can't remember any (despite that he should have remembered some from either the season 2 episode where Homer steals cable and Lisa worries for her father's soul or the season four episode where Homer decides to make skipping church on Sunday a religion), so he simply kills the spider by throwing a rock at it. The Fridge Brilliance comes in when you realize that Homer just killed a gigantic enemy by throwing a small rock and hitting it between the eyes.
  • Early in The Simpsons, Lenny is seen living in a furniture-less, run down house, however later on, he's shown to have a very expensive and clean home with art pieces everywhere, there doesn't seem to be a reason for the change, until you remember that Mr. Burns bought the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant from him when he was briefly put in charge...
    • Alternate interpretation: Remember "Marge on the Lam" when Lenny was seen shaving the legs of some woman who told him to "shave up, not down, you idiot!"? That could have been his wife, and the furniture-less, run-down house he lived in in "Realty Bites" (season nine) was the result of a divorce that may have happened off-screen, in which the woman he shaved her legs for took everything he had. Lenny living in a nice apartment on "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife" (which came on during the 17th) could have been the end result of Lenny regaining the money he lost in the divorce.
    • There's also the fact that there was a time when Lenny lived in an extremely loud house where the neighboring room is a sports center. During that period of time, he was penny-pinching his housing arrangements.
  • In a Christmas episode about the Nativity, Jesus is portrayed by Bart. It may seem offensive at first, but think about it: Jesus was seen as a trouble maker by the Pharisees and the Romans, and they thought that his messages might start riots.
    • Bart is also, through most fans eyes, one of the more moral characters due to the fact that most of his antics are harmless pranks, while others do malicious things
  • In Simpsons Bible Stories, when Lisa/Israelite tells Millhouse/Moses to tell Pharaoh to let his people go, Millhouse/Moses says "Oh, so now they're my people." There is a theory, albeit a minor one, that Moses was actually ethnically Egyptian.
  • In "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken", Homer and his friends wreck up the school on a joyride and the damages are blamed on rowdy kids, thus causing a curfew to be placed. This was all gone in the next episode. This may have been Negative Continuity, but the 500th episode (At Long Last Leave) had Mayor Quimby illustrate Springfield's hatred of the whole family by showing a photo of Homer wrecking the school. So they must have found out the real cause and lifted the curfew, although these episodes were about 13 years apart. But where were Lenny, Carl (and Barney) if they weren't seen in that photo?
    • Homer wrecked the school again, this time alone.
  • Almost Fridge Brilliance: The backstory to Skinner/Tamzarian in "The Principle and the Pauper" is almost completely consistent with his background in "The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase", except for the switch of his home city, New Orleans vs. Capital City. And they can't be one and the same, since New Orleans is not the capital of any state (New Orleans is one of Louisiana's most popular cities, but it's not the capital city. Louisiana's capital is Baton Rouge).
  • When Bart is asked to name the pirate on Treasure Island one of the answers that pop in his head is Long John Silver which is actually correct plus that imagination that he had where he was held back in the fourth grade where his son told him that the name of the pirate is Long John Silver. So Bart has actually read the book, he just doesn't remember the name!
  • In "The Front" there is an Itchy & Scratchy cartoon where Itchy removes Scratchy's fur and he steals his fur back, where after he's beaten by anti-fur protesters (despite it being his own fur). At first I thought it was an in-universe Take That, but now I know Lisa co-wrote it (with Bart).
    • Maybe if one watched the later episodes (in which Lisa has become an animal-loving Soapbox Sadie) followed by the early ones (in which Lisa did speak out against society's ills, but, was, at her core, an eight-year-old girl who liked Malibu Stacy dolls and cartoons). It wouldn't make sense if it was the other way around.
  • Fans of the show often remark on the disturbing similarity of Milhouse's parents — in one late-season episode, Milhouse himself speculates that they are brother and sister. However, the episode "Lemon of Troy" shows that major characters in Springfield have doppelgangers in Shelbyville, sometimes (as in the case of Groundskeeper Willy) of the opposite gender. In the same episode, Luanne mentions that she was born in Shelbyville. Clearly Kirk married his Shelbyville counterpart!
    • No wonder they don't get along!
  • Bart's line in one episode about not wearing a blue shirt becomes a lot funnier if you know that a lot of Simpsons merchandise from the early 1990s has Bart inexplicably wearing a blue shirt.
  • At the end of the Treehouse of Horror story "Desperately Xeeking Xena" Lucy Lawless flies Bart and Lisa to safety. When they say "Xena can't fly" she responds "I'm Lucy Lawless." Earlier in the segment Lucy tells her fans anytime there's a continuity error or something doesn't make sense, A Wizard Did It. This could be seen as why she flies away.
    • No, it's because she's Lawless, so she doesn't obey the laws of physics.
      • I think it's more that The Simpsons frequently like to portray minor celebrities as super-human, like Bette Midler and Johnny Carson in "Krusty Gets Kancelled" being as fast a car and having super strength, respectively. The joke was that Xena has superpowers, but flying isn't one of them, however the actress who plays her can fly.
  • In the "Seven Beer Snitch" Snowball II is seen sneaking off to a different family who feeds her and they call her Smokey. This is Snowball V, not Snowball II who was killed in the previous season. Snowball V/Smokey was more than likely the other family's pet but wandered off, thus making her double life more believable.
    • She was the Crazy Cat Lady's cat first.
      • It's possible that cat was with the other family before the Crazy Cat Lady got ahold of her.
  • In Treehouse of Horror XVII, Dolph the bully knows what the Golem is before it attacks him because it's been established in a few latter-day episodes that Dolph is Jewish (he goes to Hebrew school and had his bar mitzvah).
  • In "The Way We Was," Homer joins the debate team. Shortly thereafter, he gives a seemingly ridiculous argument against lowering the speed limit, claiming that millions of people being late justifies the deaths of a few people. Although the point goes unexplained beyond typical Homer babble (and ends with Homer mooning his opponent), there are at least two schools of thought that give serious credence to his claim: utilitarianism (specifically Bentham "pleasure-over-pain" utilitarianism) and economic efficiency. Either of these arguments would hold up in a round of Lincoln-Douglas debate. (This could also be Straw Man Has A Point or Genius Bonus instead of Fridge Brilliance, but it's the sort of thing you don't notice until many years after watching it for the first time.)
  • In "Holidays of Future Passed," Milhouse and Lisa have a daughter Zia together. Milhouse says that they used the best genetic material when she was born, which meant none of his. This could explain why Zia uses her mother's last name instead of her father's.
  • It is technically possible to set a watch to the length of Johnny Unitas' hair ("Mother Simpson"), but one would have to measure it very accurately.
  • In the sixth episode of The Simpsons' fourth season Homer forbids Bart from watching the Itchy and Scratchy Movie so that he can learn discipline and grow up to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. At the end of the episode we see a Flash Forward to a grown Bart walking with an elderly Homer having achieved this goal. Two years later in the 19th episode of The Simpsons' sixth season we see another flash forward episode where Lisa is in college and about to get married. Bart is shown holding a job demolishing buildings, but mentions that once he works the rage out of his system he will attend law school. Finally in the 17th episode of the eleventh season we go Bart to the Future to where Lisa has become President of the United States and Bart helps get her out of a major debt crisis. The two future episodes actually confirm the coda flash forward way back in season four as Bart goes to law school and is ultimately appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by Lisa as thanks for his assistance.
  • In "Bart's Comet" after Homer makes Flanders leave the fallout shelter, everyone carries on casually. Homer eventually comes to his senses and says he's disgusted by everyone, especially Rodd and Todd. It may sound like Homer ripping on the Flanders', but Homer was really disgusted that when Flanders told Todd to shoot daddy if he tried to return, he agreed. It shows that while he's jealous and he can be a jerk towards Flanders, Homer doesn't want Flanders to be harmed.
  • In "Springfield Up" citizens of Springfield are being interviewed about Homer and Ralph says "he may not be perfect, but he's my dad!" It seems like typical Ralph stupidity but Word of God states that Ralph was envisioned as a mini Homer, thus adding a new layer to the joke.
  • Word of God stated that Bart picked up his catchphrases like "Eat my shorts" and "Don't have a cow man" from TV and other places. In the season five episode "Bart Gets Famous," Bart becomes well known for saying "I didn't do it." Krusty used this phrase in season one's "Krusty's Get Busted" and Bart may have just remembered it and used it himself.
  • What could possibly be the best Stealth Pun ever comes from "Make Room for Lisa":
    "I'm so sick of people hiding behind the Bill of Rights!"
    • The security guards were about to brutalize Homer. Even if Homer wasn't holding the physical copy of the manuscript, the Bill of Rights does guarantee that the guards can't brutalize him (though they were about to when Homer licked off the Eighth Amendment [the one that forbids cruel and unusual punishment]).
  • In "Fear of Flying" as a prank Lenny puts a snake in the cash register at Moe, which pops out and bites him. Moe shows no ill effects after being bitten. In two unrelated episodes, "Homer the Heretic" and "Eeny Teeny Maya Moe" it's established Moe's a snake handler, thus it doesn't bother him.
  • In "Homer the Great" Homer has a revenge list, which includes the Bill of Rights. Homer would get his wish four seasons later in "Make Room for Lisa" when he accidentally destroys it at the Smithsonian exhibit.
  • In early episodes such as "Krusty Gets Busted" and "Krusty Gets Canceled" Krusty lives in an apartment, but in "Bart the Fink" he lives in a mansion. In "A Star Is Burns" Krusty is on the film festival jury, and mentions the film moved him... to a bigger house. Mr. Burns' bribing him into voting "Burns for All Seasons" as the best movie is the reason he no longer lives in an apartment.
  • The episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" is a parody of The Beatles, and includes many tributes. A subtle joke is the rodent invasion of the 60s, referring to the British Invasion of which the Fab Four were a part, with the Alvin and the Chipmunks parody Melvin and the Squirrels.
    • The gag lampshading that Homer never told his kids about his fame prior to this episode seems a jab at Negative Continuity, however John Lennon had stated he actually tried to keep his Beatles fame unknown from his son so he could raise him normally, until he came across Yellow Submarine, just as the Simpson kids were sheltered from Homer's fame until they came across a copy of his record.
  • In "Homer at the Bat" Mr. Burns laughs maniacally at the idea of "nine misfortunes" to his all-star softball ringers, as there's only an "outside chance" of seven misfortunes. And he's right: there are only seven misfortunes. Obviously nothing happens to Daryl Strawberry and he plays the game as expected. But nothing happens to Don Mattingly either; he turns up to the game but is sent away by Mr. Burns solely due to the latter's misunderstanding of what sideburns are.
    • When Homer asks Darryl Strawberry if he's better than him and he answers "I don't know you... but yes" his answer may sound arrogant but it makes perffect sense. Anyone better than him would be an all-star MLB player and Strawberry would have heard of him years ago!
  • Bart was right when he said "Lisa's got a boyfriend, that she'll never see again" in The Simpsons Movie. Other than the altered opening sequence in the 19th season premiere, Colin is never seen again onscreen after The Movie.
  • "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer" confirms that Fat Tony is, in fact, a widower. By "The Real Housewives of Fat Tony", however, Selma (his current wife) discovers Tony is actually still married to someone else she didn't know about. Remembering the former episode, you might think Tony probably just remarried after his wife's death. But now take into consideration the "real" Fat Tony had been killed in "Donnie Fatso", and the Fat Tony we currently know is just 'Fit Tony', his overweight cousin. Does that never-before-mentioned marriage make more sense?
  • In "Moonshine River" Bart visits old girlfriends who he burned his bridges with, just to get rejected again. He visits Gina, the girl he knew from juvenile hall just to get punched in the face. She's not punching him in the face because they had a falling out, she's mad because it's the first time in nine seasons he paid her a visit.
  • In a lot of episodes when Duffman isn't performing he's called different names like Larry or Sid. It's later established that different actors play Duffman, so it's not the same guy we see each time.
  • It's been established that Waylon Smithers is gay. Before he learned how his father really died, Mr. Burns told him his dad was killed by a pack of Amazonian women. This could be a Freudian Excuse on why he doesn't like women.
  • In a couple episodes Itchy and Scratchy are seen on "Springfield Squares" and a Channel 6 ad with other In-Universe celebrities like they're actual living creatures. In Real Life animated characters are added into TV shows like Brian and Stewie at the Emmy's, so this was the case as well.
  • Homer being Acrofatic in episodes like "Whacking Day" and "Sex, Pies, and Idiot Scrapes" makes more sense when you remember a flashback to high school when he did gymnastics.
  • Invoked by Bart, Lisa, and Homer in the episode "The Color Yellow." When they find out they had a black ancestor we get these realizations:
    Bart: So that's why I'm so cool.
    Lisa: And that's my jazz is so smooth.
    Homer: And that's why I earn less than my white coworkers!
  • In "Saturdays of Thunder" Patty and Selma get their hair done, and Patty gets her hair dyed brown and Selma gets her hair dyed blonde. In "The Blue and the Grey" it turns out those are their natural hair colors, but they appear grey because of all the smoke and ash from their cigarettes. They simply had their hair washed before it was styled.
    • That would also mean that they had never, ever, washed their hair before then.
  • Ever notice how around the time they get divorced, Milhouse's father Kirk is a broke deadbeat? In "Radioactive Man" as soon as they find out Milhouse is a star they buy a lot of things they can't afford like a jacuzzi suit and a big screen TV, and since the movie failed they couldn't afford any of the stuff.
    • And when the Van Houtens reconcile in Milhouse of Sand and Fog, they let it slip that Milhouse was responsible for their first divorce. It's not just a one-off gag about emotionally abusive parents: the financial stress brought about by Milhouse's failed film career was the straw that broke the camel's back for Kirk and Luann.
  • In "Bart Sells His Soul" he says the soul is something made up to scare kids like the Boogie Man or Michael Jackson. There was an entire episode devoted to Michael Jackson but since it was an impostor, Bart must think he's not real after all.
  • In Treehouse of Horror VI Homer complains about "lousy Smarch weather" in relation to a joke about both the misprinted calenders and Marge's narration about it being the 13th hour of the 13th day of the 13th month. The lousy weather is shown to be wind driven snow which would be correct as the 13th month would be the following year's January on a correctly printed calender.
  • The Simpsons's house is stated to be worth only $1000 in a recent episode. Keep in mind the house was rebuilt at the end of The Simpsons Movie, and in the season 19 premiere there was a sign that said "Burns Construction: Building Cheaply and Charging Dearly."
  • Recently Barney Gumble has been an off again on again alcoholic. In The Simpsons Movie he is seen drunk a few times early on before the dome is placed over the town. When the dome is put over the town, the alcoholics at Moe's run to the church and the church goers flock to Moe's. Later in the movie Barney is seen at AA. Because he thought the end was coming, Barney probably temporarily tried to change his ways.
  • When we first saw Skinner's mother in the first season, she was a nice old lady and seemed to be proud of Seymour when he gave her a tour of the school. She was on the toilet when Bart flushed the cherry bomb and has been depicted as a cranky old lady since. This is a justified Characterization Marches On since the incident scarred her for life.
  • There's another flashfoward in an early episode that may be canon, and is supported by a gag in a future episode. At the end of "Rosebud" we see a cyborg Mr. Burns looking for his teddy bear Bobo in a futuristic world taken over by apes. In the episode "Future-Drama" there's a billboard that says give apes the vote. While "Future-Drama" is a what if scenario, "Holidays of Future Passed" seems to be canon and has elements of Future-Drama such as Bart's ex wife is his girlfriend Jenda. Going by this theory, apes were given rights and took over sometime down the road.
  • In "Lisa the Drama Queen" at the end Homer is inspired to write a novel and pictures the family in his own personal fantasy. He imagines Bart as a hot dog, Lisa as a starfish, Maggie as a monster truck, and Marge as a beer. In "New Kids on the Block" Homer compared women to beer when discussing sex with Bart, hence why he pictures her as one.
  • In "I Married Marge" when Marge goes to get an ultrasound to see if she's pregnant, Lisa wants to name the potential little brother or sister Ariel. A few seasons later in "Make Room For Lisa" it turns out Lisa's favorite movie is The Little Mermaid.
  • Homer wishes to live under the sea in "Homer Badman." His wish came true in "Future-Drama" in a what if scenario of the future where he has an underwater house.
  • In the Itchy and Scratchy cartoons, Scratchy dies horrible deaths because he's a black cat, which are signs of bad luck.
  • In the Season 13 episode "Gump Roast" the show's producers apologize for a Clip Show by musically assuring the viewer that they still have "stories for years". These stories include Moe getting a cell phone, Marge becoming a robot, Bart owning a bear and a Crazy wedding where "something" happensnote . Over the next decade we actually do see Marge becoming a robot (in a daydream sequence), Moe does get a cell phone (and asks why people seem to care) and Patty has a wedding ceremony with another woman where something happens in that the woman is actually a man. While Bart has still never owned a bear, it is actually brilliant because by holding that back the show's producers indicate they have still not used up all their ideas.
    • It goes beyond that. Yes, there was a wedding where something happened, Patty's wedding with another woman (and then we find out thathe was a man actually). But a few years later, what else do we get? Abraham Simpson and Selma end up together and get married. Remember the picture in the song: Both Bouvier sisters AND Grampa Simpsons were on the picture. So, actually, that picture served for two episodes!
  • Ralph Wiggum is in Lisa's class, but appears in Bart's class in a few episodes. This could be a goof, but since Ralph is Too Dumb to Live it's not farfetched he would appear in the wrong class from time to time.
  • Homer has a sleepwalking problem in "Crooks and Ladder," and ends up at a John Lennon exhibit in the wax museum. Flanders appears there, which may seem out of character, but it was established in "The Bart of War" a few seasons earlier that Flanders was a Beatles fan.
  • It seems a tad odd for Marge to be such a big fan of Ringo Starr, considering most of the fangirls under the influence of Beatlemania went for either Mc Cartney or Lennon. Then it hit me. Marge's characterisation is somewhat bland, with there being few Marge based episodes compared to Homer, Bart and Lisa. Despite this, she usually plays a large role in the episodes, and usually the episodes centered around her involve her being out of action and the family collapsing. Just like a drummer in a band, she's the more forgettable one and rarely anyone's favourite, and yet she's one of the most important characters, without her the whole family dynamic would fall apart like a band without a drummer to keep them in time.
    • Ringo had quite a few fans for himself, the joke about him getting the most fan mail was actually rather accurate. That being said, his leaving the band temporarily, only to be sent flowers by the rest to persuade him to come back, certainly seems similar to the "Marge leaves" episodes.
    • Marge also seems rather apt at telling stories to young children. Ringo was also famous at this point for narrating Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • In "Moe Letter Blues" the kids are watching a silent Itchy And Scratchy cartoon that parodies A Trip to the Moon. We hear Scratchy groan, which could be considered an error. It's a Genre Throwback so this error's acceptable and intentional.
  • In episodes prior to "Donnie Fatso" where Fat Tony dies, but is replaced by his cousin Fit Tony who gains weight, thus subverting Killed Off for Real Fat Tony's real name is William Williams, Marion, and Tony D'Amico in various episodes. Since he's a mafia boss it makes sense he would change his name to cover his tracks.
  • The opening sequence of the Simpsons gives a great depiction of the more negative aspects of the main cast. Bart is an Attention Whore who repeatedly causes trouble just to get noticed. Homer is Too Dumb to Live whose stupidity is a constant danger to himself and others. Marge Parental Neglect causes her not to notce her kids until something bad has happened. And finally if Bart is an Attention Whore Lisa is It's All About Me. She defines herself by being better then everyone else much to the annoyance of those around her.
  • "Homer's Phobia": Homer is homophobic and Marge is accepting of gays. "There's Something About Marrying": Homer is the accepting one (marrying gays himself being his job of the week in this episode, even) and Marge has trouble with the idea of her sister coming out of the closet. Inconsistence? No! Patty's dialogue even explains it: Marge is okay with gays as long as they are outsiders, but she still has to accept that a person in her family that she knew since birth could be gay. Homer passed that test at the end of "Homer's Phobia", when he believed that Bart was going to turn out gay and was prepared to accept it. But Marge never considered it.
  • In the episode "Sweets and Sour Marge" the head of the sugar company responsible for putting sugar in all the town's food is Garth Motherloving. His name is a bowlderized version of "Motherfucking" which makes him as bad as his name implies.
  • Milhouse's parents having an unhappy marriage prior to divorce is foreshadowed in two episodes. In "Grandpa Vs. Sexual Inadequacy" they sleep in twin beds. In "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" when Milhouse is playing in the jet, he pretends his parents take him to a therapist, and he pretends to shoot them.
  • Santa's Little Helper steals Homer's chocolate bar instead of waking him up in "Homer the Heretic" when the house is on fire because Homer mistreats him.
  • In "Bart the General" Herman, the military store owner who's missing an arm tells Bart to listen to his teacher when she says not to stick his arm out the bus window. A few episodes prior during the field trip Mrs. Krabbapel tells them the story of a kid who lost his arm. It was Herman she was talking about.
  • In "In Marge We Trust" Reverend Lovejoy is annoyed the letters for the sign outside the church has 5 Q's but 2 U's. In "Milhouse of Sand and Fog" we see a sign that says stop stealing our letters. There originally were more letters but people like Nelson keep swiping them.
  • Sideshow Bob was right in "Black Widower" when he said he'd be out when the Democrats would be back in power. The next Sideshow Bob episode "Cape Feare" aired a year and a half later in September 1993, eight months into Bill Clinton's term.
  • Nelson's voice going from being high pitched to low and gruff sounding is because he's a smoker, as seen in episodes like "Saturdays of Thunder," "Brother From the Same Planet," and "Sleeping With the Enemy."
  • In the 2005 episode "Future-Drama" Professor Frink shows Bart and Lisa their a Flash Forward scenario that takes place eight years from next Tuesday, and it involves. Bart and Lisa going to their senior prom. Proms are usually held on the weekends, and he's going by the date that Tuesday is on. That would mean it correctly did take place on a weekend, eight years into the future.
  • "Lisa's Wedding" has an elderly Maude Flanders and Professor Frink alive and well, despite the former dying in the series and the latter hanging himself in "Future-Drama." This may just seem like Negative Continuity, but remember that by "Future-Drama" scientists have invented magic and cloning machines can be afforded by the perpetually in-debt Moe. It's not out of the question that magic and/or cloning could've allowed them to appear. Maude's non-presence in "Holidays of Future Passed" is Fridge Horror though, due to how she was brought back.
    • The Maude we see at the wedding could be a robot like the librarian earlier in the episode.
    • We see Mr. Burns in "Future-Drama" and "Holidays of Future Passed" despite the fact he broke in half in "Lisa's Wedding." Either his lower half is a bionic implant or he was cloned as well.
  • There's a Running Gag in some later episodes where Lenny can't get things in his eye due to doctor's orders, and will end up getting a jigsaw puzzle piece or pudding in it. One can argue this is because he got a spring in it in "The Old Man and the C Student." Homer gave him a nut can with a spring in it, and after this was when the joke started. Because of the injury there he had to be careful from now on.
  • In "Like Father, Like Clown" Bart gets Krusty's father to come around when he quotes Sammy Davis Jr, a famous Jew who was a famous entertainer. Earlier in the episode, during a flashback Krusty's father tells him he could forgive him if he'd been a jazz singer or musician. The Fridge Brilliance here is that he took Sammy Davis Jr's quote seriously because he's a musician.
  • The episode "Future-Drama" is set eight years in the future, but some characters like Groundskeeper Willie and Apu looked like they've aged decades. This could be due to the stress of their jobs, or in Apu's case his family life.
  • In "Lisa the Skeptic" when Lisa's on Smartline she says that if you believe in angels, why not sea monsters, unicorns, or leprechauns. All three have been proven to exist in The Simpsons universe. In "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" Mr. Burns captures the Lochness Monster, and receives a unicorn as a birthday gift in "Rosebud." In "This Little Wiggy" a leprechaun Ralph talks about happens to be Real After All, and appears in future episodes. Despite some Negative Continuity for the sake of a joke, Heaven, God, and Satan have been proven to exist in their universe. That being said, Lisa was proved wrong about angels existing.
    • Another hint about the Fantasy Kitchen Sink of this universe, Lisa mentions monsters, unicorns, or leprechauns. What mythical creature would be an obvious example, but she doesn't mention? Dragons. This is because in A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love, an actual dragon is seen in Chinatown. In the Simpsons universe, dragons are real creatures. And, given no wild dragons are seen in the China episode, dragons could be an endangered species.
      • Dinosaur eggs are also seen hatching in the Simpsons' basement, so either the KT event never happened, or the Simpsons are due a visit from the Cross Photonics team. (If you don't get it, I'm implying an anomaly opened in the basement and the dinosaur that came through laid its eggs there).
  • In the season 9 episode "King of the Hill" why does Homer seem surprised when there's a mountain at least five miles high in Springfield?" The town was moved five miles down the road in the previous episode, he more than likely hadn't seen it yet and could've been adjusting to the new area.
  • In the episode where Marge started a food blog, I always found it strange that Homer didn't want to become a foodie since it sounds like something he would love. By as complete coincidence, I watched two random episodes on the same day; the first being the episode where Homer predicts the Rapture and the other being the famous "fugu episode". In the former, Homer loves sushi and in the latter, he was adamant at first and grew to love it. He's a glutton but not very open-minded about foreign cuisine and was telling the truth when he said "I only eat food that I've eaten before."
  • In "Homer Loves Flanders" and "The Fat and the Furriest" it's revealed Flanders won't let his kids eat sugar. This sounds like Ned being overprotective, but in "The Dad Who Knew Too Little" it's revealed Rod is diabetic.
    • Also Fridge horror in Homer Loves Flanders; Bart could quite possibly have committed manslaughter.
  • It's said that Homer accidentally killed Mrs. Krabappel in "Holidays of Future Passed" yet at the end of the episode it's shown Lisa has a friend request from her on the Ultra-Net. It's implied that Lisa doesn't go online much, so it could've been sent prior to then.
  • In "Adventures in Baby-Getting" Marge has a sinkhole emergency kit to get out of one after the car falls into it. This may seem like a random forced gag, but keep in mind the house was destroyed by one in The Simpsons Movie. Because of the fiasco from those events, she's always prepared.
  • Rodd and Tod used to go to Springfield Elementary and Ned was part of the PTA, but in recent years we've seen Rodd and Tod in a private Christian school. Ned could've had them taken out of public school and enrolled there after his Flanderization.]
  • In several episodes Lisa knows French, she represents France in the model U.N, and in "Summer of 4'2" she represents the French table. Marge's maiden name is Bouvier, so Lisa is simply expressing her French heritage.
    • Possibly she learned French (And does a lot of France-related activities) to deliberately spite Bart, who also speaks the language fluently.
  • In "Bart the Lover" Bart mentions to Mrs. Krabappel other faculty members she could date. When he mentions Groundskeeper Willie and she says "I'm not even going to tell you what he's into." Could she be referring to him videotaping couples, as seen in "Homer Bad Man?"
  • Why do Itchy and Scratchy take after old Disney movies, like Pinocchio or Fantasia, despite Disney existing in The Simpsons Universe? Easy, Itchy and Scratchy was built on plagiarism according to "The Day The Violence Died." Also, many early cartoon characters were Mickey Mouse or Silly Symphony ripoffs as well.
  • Why does Burns give the award to an inanimate carbon rod in "Deep Space Homer?" Burns favors material goods over human lives, this is backed up by making a TV dog his vice president in "Homer's Enemy."
  • In some episodes like "Lisa the Iconoclast", "The Mysterious Voyage of Homer", and "A Milhouse Divided" it's shown that Kearney the bald bully is an adult and has a kid. In a few other episodes he has an adult buy him beer or uses a fake ID. It's been shown that he gets in trouble with the law frequently and has been shown in jail, so he probably needed a fake to help him buy booze at those times because he had no ID.
    • That's easy, he's age 18/19, and the drinking age in... The great state of whatever Springfield's in is 21. He could have had the kid (who appears to be around 4-6) in his early teens.
  • The most subtle Where The Hell Is Springfield? joke occurs at the end of "Homer at the Bat." There's a song called "Talking Softball" that recaps the plot, and names off some of the guest stars. The line "Talkin' Softball, From Maine to San Diego" means Springfield could be anywhere between these areas.
  • In the most recent episode "Married to the Blob," Comic Book Guy's selling a new Radioactive Man comic at midnight, and the cool comic book nerd Milo (From Husbands and Knives) comes in the store with his new wife. She makes a comment about how Milo talks to himself and now it won't seem so weird. In the next scene, CBG meets his new girlfriend and has a hallucination of Stan Lee who tells him to ask her out. Could Milo have had the same hallucinations with Stan Lee as well?
  • Smithers dressing up as Mr. Burns' teddy bear Bobo in "Rosebud" is a Stealth Pun since bear is slang for a hairy gay man and Smithers is gay.
  • In "Lisa's Pony" Homer is left guilt ridden after watching a home video and realizing he never paid attention to Lisa as a baby. He is finally reduced to tears after seeing himself ignore Lisa speaking. The word? "Da-da". Given the plot point made of hearing his kids say "daddy" in "Lisa's First Word", one can understand how crushing this must be.
  • The sign gag at the airport during the beginning of "Politically Inept With Homer Simpson" says "Built For The Olympics We Never Got." This is a Call Back to "The Old Man And The C Student" when Springfield almost got the Olympics but lost it due to Bart's antics.
  • I always wondered about why Bart has such admiration for his blue crowbar "Ol' Bluey" in Lisa the Iconoclast. It hit me after watching Blood Feud; The blue crowbar is the one that Mr. Burns "gave" Bart as a reward for saving his life with a blood donation! That crowbar not only gave him a fantastic (to him) Olmec Indian head statue, but also represents him not longer having suffer through the possible negative consequences of his posting Homer's letter to Mr. Burns in the first place.
  • Lisa in the early seasons was shown to have quite a few friends, particularly Janey, another girl in her class. Now it says she doesn't have any. Then I realised: The turning point was Lisa the Vegetarian. Before then, she was an exceptionally brainy little girl, a little opinionated, but one that still loved playing with dolls and talking about boys. After Lisa the Vegetarian, she became the whiny know-it-all Canon Sue we all know and hate. Turns out being a Soapbox Sadie loses you friends in-universe too.
  • In "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo", while the family debates on where to go for dinner in Japan, Homer chimes in, "The toilet recommended a place called Americatown." Why on earth would a Japanese toilet recommend American cuisine? Because it had just analyzed Homer's "waste" and determined that his diet was primarily composed of western American food! A brilliant (albeit gross) example.
  • It took me years to get the Ghost Busters ending in "Tales from the Public Domain." It seems like a Cop Out Ending or a Big Lipped Alligator Moment but the reason Homer said Hamlet says based on Ghost Busters was because in the version Homer told King Claudius left a trail of slime behind like Slimer.
    • There is further Fridge Brilliance between the ending to this episode and the ending to the next Anthology episode "Margical History Tour." When filming Ghost Busters Dan Aykroyd referred to Slimer as the ghost of John Belushi. In the later Homer sings about Animal House which is one of Belushi's most famous films. That being said "Margical History Tour's" ending is a Call Back to "Tales from the Public Domain."
  • "Homer Vs. The Eighteenth Amendment" involves Homer bootlegging beer when prohibition hits Springfield. A couple seasons prior in "Secrets of A Successful Marriage" he mentions how he took a home wine making course. Because of that, Homer has knowledge on brewing and distilling alcohol properly.
  • In "Future-Drama" Lisa graduates high school at age 16. In "Lisa's Wedding" 15 years after the present, we see her still in school. Going by the timeline we can safely say she's either in graduate school or getting her PHD by that point.
  • Lisa's comment about the lake catching fire in "Lemon of Troy" makes sense after watching The Simpsons Movie. It was due to all the pollution.
  • Moe says he's gonna oogle the ladies in the Sears Catalog in "Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 2." The episode aired in 1995 but the Sears Catalog was discontinued in 1993. Moe is kind of a sleaze ball and is poor, so it makes sense he'd get off to a magazine no longer in print.
  • In "Team Homer" Principal Skinner recalls how some slogans from Mad Magazine caused him to lose a battle and get thrown in a POW camp in the Vietnam War. This could be why he had Mad Magazines in the room of confiscated items in "Separate Vocations." He knew a student who had one in their possession might cause problems.
  • The First Church of Springfield is a Church of Saint Genericus and a mix between different denominations, which is the reason Reverend Lovejoy dresses like a Catholic priest. In "The Father, The Son, and The Holy Guest Star" it's revealed their church (Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism) is a schism from Catholicism, so Lovejoy's collar is carried over from that.
  • In "Scenes From The Class Struggle in Springfield" Homer whines that Sipowicz wore short sleeves with a tie when Marge tells him to change clothes. Sipowicz's actor Dennis Franz portrayed Homer in the TV movie in "Homer Badman." Homer likes Sipowicz (and apparently takes fashion advice from him) because he reminds him of himself.
  • Krusty's raspy voice (While also a Jewish American accent) is due to him smoking cigarettes and cigars, as well as his other sedentary habits.
  • Sherri and Terri are the purple haired twins in Bart's class, but one of them can be seen in Lisa's class as a goof in "Lisa the Vegetarian" In a recent episode it's revealed they have a long lost triplet. That could've been her in the background instead of one of the twins, thus handwaving the mistake.
  • Why don't we see Maggie at the Homer clone's funeral thirty years in the future in "Days of Future Future?" The episode to a Sequel Episode to "Holidays of Future Passed" and it was established Maggie was a rockstar. She was on the road.
  • In "Holidays of Future Passed" Homer quits drinking in the future. In the Sequel Episode "Days of Future Future" we learn that anytime Homer dies, he's cloned. The clone probably wanted to live for a while, so he gave up alcohol to avoid risks.
  • "Bart Gets An F" is a Sequel Episode to the "Bart the Genius." In "Bart the Genius" he cheats on an aptitude test and goes to a private school. In "Bart Gets An F" we see how Bart actually does in school, Martin helps Bart study while in the former he harasses him, and they both involve the school shrink.
  • In "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace" when Lisa's telling Homer about Thomas Edison, she mentions that she read about him on a restaurant placemat. Lisa just told Homer that so he would believe her, and it would encourage him to get out of the slump he was in.
  • In "Two Bad Neighbors" we see that George H.W. Bush and Ned Flanders get along great. Another reason they could get along is because they're both left handed. (George Bush Sr. is in real life.)
  • In "Half Decent Proposal" Artie Ziff was a billionaire due to an invention that turned dial-up noise into a soothing song. In his next appearance, "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner" he's gone broke (Which he blames on the Dot Com bubble) Considering that dial-up was becoming a thing of the past between the two episodes (The former aired in 2002 and the latter aired in 2004) this could be really why he went bankrupt.
  • In "Lisa The Vegetarian" Apu pronounces Beatle" as "be-A-tle" (rhyming with "Seattle"). Apu is Indian and has an accent, but it's a subtle Shout-Out to Help! where Clang does the same thing.
  • In "The Wettest Stories Ever Told's" first story about the Mayflower, Ned Flanders' Expy says that things like poetry are against their religion, and he whips himself for accidentally rhyming. Later in the story Moe's character corrupts Homer by feeding him beer. One way we can tell that Moe is corrupt is because he says "Every time a wave hits the ship, take a sip." Not only was he encouraging drinking, he was spouting poetry.

Fridge Horror
  • How citizens of Springfield treated Bart in "The Boys Of Bummer" was terrible and cruel, yes, even for the comedic standards in the series. The fact that they abused and humilliated Bart just because over a lousy baseball game makes you wonder: what kind of mindset would allow that?
  • In the end of "Boy Scoutz N Da Hood", the rest of the campers are seen being attacked by an unknown monster. None of them are ever seen again, ever.
    • Not just any monster. Judging by the music, it is implied they were attacked by Jason.
      • So yeah, they probably died. Selma mentions earlier in the episode that "it's cougar season", so they could have been attacked by a cougar.
  • We find out in "The Fool Monty" that the thing that keeps Mr Burns alive is bile and hate. That's right, not only is Mr Burns immortal, but in order to do so he has to be a heartless millionaire. We've seen the damage to Springfield and the world that Burns has caused. Unless someone can bankrupt/kill him (which probably won't work), Springfield is going to have to put up with him Forever, making Mr. Burns' genuinely nice moments utterly meaningless.
    • In Rosebud, its revealed that Mr Burns is still alive one million years from now. At which point the world has become a Planet of the Apes with numerous Homers running around. Given Mr Burns has done some genetic engineering, the mutations we've seen his nuclear waste create and the fact he's immortal, Mr Burns could've been responsible for the apocalypse.
    • Also, in Rosebud, there's a newspaper clipping in which he credits his long life to Satan, which would explain why bile and hate keeps him alive, Satan owns him and will take his immortality away if he defies him.
  • Homer has attempted suicide multiple times (when he couldn't find a job, when he tried to stop Bart from jumping Springfield Gorge, when he couldn't grow crops on his father's farm, when his fifteen minutes of fame over bowling a perfect game were up — to name a few, and that's not counting the foolish things he does that would get a real person killed or injured, like boxing a professional heavyweight, eating an extremely rotten hoagie, drinking dishwashing liquid, driving his bartender buddy's car off a cliff, getting electrocuted [several times by everything from lightning to dangerous toys], getting a flower shot in his head, or trying to escape a riptide while teaching his baby daughter how to swim). In "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind," he predicts that he will do so again after losing his memory, and knows exactly how, when, and where he is likely to do so. He has been thinking about it a lot. Maybe all of his innocent buffoonery (and alcoholism) is actually an expression of deep-seated self-destructive tendencies.
  • In "Three Gays of the Condo", Moe force-feeds beer to Homer when the latter comes "dangerously" close to realizing that alcohol is actually a problem. Combine that with Moe's encouragement of Homer to become the "new Barney", and his feeding of Barney's new coffee addiction, both in "Days of Wine and D'ohses", and throw in his robbing of Homer in "The Parent Rap" ("Yeah, I rob now."), and Moe looks like an Aggressive Drug Dealer willing to do anything to keep his patrons addicted and paying him.
    • Potential Fridge Tear Jerker - given Moe's main character trait is his misery, bitterness and loneliness, he does these things because Homer, Barney, Lenny, and Carl (plus the assorted other winos who pass through in the background) are the only constants in his life. If they stop drinking, they stop coming to Moe's, they stop being there. These are his only friends, and the only way he thinks he can keep them around is by plying them with alcohol.
  • One of the most beloved and longest running gags on the series is Homer strangling his ten year old son. Think about that for a second.
    • Though a lot of later episodes do mention how brutal and abusive that is, such as "Love Is A Many Strangled Thing" and "Behind the Laughter."
    • Yes, it is Lampshaded, but not deconstructed or justified. And a few episodes after that, it's back to being Played for Laughs again.
    • *thinks* Refuge in Audacity.
  • The drastic Flanderization of Ned Flanders? It all came after Maude's death. Or when Flanders went insane after yelling at everyone who tried and failed to fix his house (as seen in "Hurricane Neddy"), though that could have been the Start of Darkness and Maude's death was the last straw.
    • "Hurricane Neddy" showed that Ned has been repressing anger for decades, leading him to release it after the destruction of his house. Given how utterly devastated he must have been by Maude's death, he's probably venting his frustration through religion, and at the same time tries to be as non-aggressive as possible due to his high moral standards. Poor guy probably thinks he'll be damned if he acts out in genuine rage.
      • Also part of Ned's anger is that his Leftorium store had been looted for no good reason, and it's afterwards that they try to make up for that, and even that's horribly done. No wonder Ned snapped.
    • Also Fridge Horror the third future episode-one of other visions Professor Frink has, "Ned's Revenge", has Future Ned impaling Homer. Maude's death and having to deal with years of penting up his anger must've made him want to pay Homer back for causing Maude's death.
      • Even creepier? Ned was smiling while impaling Homer.
  • Homer has been getting dumber as time passes. However, given the head injuries he's suffered, his increasing stupidity may not be a result of flanderization but rather severe brain trauma caused by many unfortunate injuries. Any flashback of Homer being stupid long before these may be a result said injuries turning him into an Unreliable Narrator. Made worse by the fact that the first major injury Homer suffered was in Season 2, which happened due to trying to stop Bart from attempting to jump over the Springfield-Homer's Hair-Trigger Temper towards Bart may be somewhat justified.
    • He does say that he had brain damage after being in a coma in the clip show, so this could be the case.
  • The episodes where Bart is shown at his absolute worse such as Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie and Love is a Many Strangled Thing leads to the joke that Homerís strangling of Bart suppresses many of his sociopathic tendencies. However Bart only started acting out after Homer and Marge had punished him then let him off. Even the episode that many people consider Bartís Moral Event Horizon follows this principle Bart only started manipulating them after Marge told him not to do his homework. Now look at Bart does when they either follow through with their punishment or ignore him completely. In Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie he eventually becomes a Supreme Court judge, in the Parent Rap he always gets on the honor roll, while in Postcards from the Wedge he attempted to destroy the town. This shows that Bart is not a brat heís self destructive. His parents only seem willing to give him attention when heís blowing something up so thatís what he does. And in those rare times when it looks like they are about to act like real parent and punish him for his bad deeds or make him do his work only to turn around and say forget it he makes his opinion known.
    • This actually makes a lot of since Homer and Marge do seem to only notice Bart when heís doing something bad. In Bart of Darkness when he broke his leg the just locked him in his room and even after noticing that this was having a negative effect on him they still left him there by himself. This would also explain animosity towards Homer and Skinner. In Lisaís sax Homer out right said screw Bart Lisa needs our attention. And Skinner never showed his face until after Bart started acting out.
    • This also leads to a good Freudian Excuse for Bartís Flanderization Marge went from a mother who would sit down with her son to help him study when was expelled to the point where the school let him back in to someone who casually and repeatedly states that he will never amount to anything but a homeless bum. Homer went from a father who would risk his life to stop his son from doing an idiotic stunt to one who would through his son into a lionís pit. Is it a wonder why Bart went from Book Dumb to someone who just doesnít care?
    • The entirety of the Simpsons is one big screw you to Bart especially with its repeated use of Recycled Script both Lisaís Sax and Black-eyed Please involve a member of the Simpson family (Bart and Lisa respectively) being bullied by their teacher however while Homer and Marge did everything in their power to help Lisa even recruiting Bart. They completely ignored Bart. Also Bart has repeatedly and selflessly aided Lisa even going so far as to sacrifice himself so that she wouldnít be expelled yet as On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister shows she doesnít even remember let alone acknowledges them
  • This article pretty much explains dark implications of many elements of the series
  • A more subtle one: Moe Syslak is known for numerous suicidal attempts, and most of the time survives due to luck. In "Future Drama" Moe has access to cloning technology so advanced that they can't tell who's the original. It's quite possible that the original Moe offed himself. It's not like we would notice.
  • In "Moms I'd Like to Forget it's shown that Ralph Wiggum was dropped on his head as a baby. Considering his Flanderization have his parents been neglecting him and does he keep injuring himself?
  • A potential bit of tear-jerking Fridge Horror: With Marcia Wallace's passing and the Mrs. Krabappel character being "retired", unless they plan on simply having her seen but not heard, Ned will be a widower...again.
    • Edna has now been confirmed to be dead onscreen with a scene showing Ned (and Nelson) remembering her fondly.
  • In Bart's Comet, the only damage the caused by the comet is the destruction of Ned's bomb shelter - the one that pretty much the entire town had been using until a few minutes before the comet hit.

Fridge Logic
  • In "30 Minutes Over Tokyo" how come no one mistakes Homer for Mr. Sparkle when the family's in Japan?

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Fridge Brilliance
  • It took me a while to realize why The Simpsons Hit & Run has that name. Then, while sitting around doing something completely unrelated to The Simpsons, I realized the reason. It's a Grand Theft Auto clone, so they named it after a different vehicular crime.

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